Dougless Montgomery, the heroine, is left alone in a foreign country when her lover, Robert, angered by her supposedly mistreatment of his (spoiled brDougless Montgomery, the heroine, is left alone in a foreign country when her lover, Robert, angered by her supposedly mistreatment of his (spoiled brat) daughter, abandons her in an English church with no bag, no money, nothing. Dazed, she cries her eyes out in the church, in front of the tomb of Nicholas Stafford, an earl who died in 1564. There, hopeless, she wishes for a knight in shining armor, and it seems some great power takes it quite literally, for a man (Nicholas) clad in an armor appears in the Church. From this point on, Nicholas has to adjust to the life in the 20th century and discover the identity of his betrayer (in his time, he was accused of treason and unjustly condemned to be executed) with the help of Dougless, who first believes him to be a lunatic.
What can I say about the book? I loved it!
....................Some spoilers from then on................
I thoroughly enjoyed loathing Robert and his daughter, Gloria, that much I can say! At the beginning of the book, Robert could say so many outrageous things (and he did it with a straight face, like they were the most normal things in the world) that I almost choked once or twice! It was hilarious how full of himself he was!
I really liked the chemistry between Dougless and Nicholas! What can I say, they were just meant to be. Whether it was in the 20th century or in the 16th, they were so much fun and so cute to watch interact with the other.
And Nicholas was just plain adorable and funny as hell whenever he discovered a modern invention.
Now about the end...
I know many are probably disappointed by it, but I really don't feel like I was cheated. Yes, the book didn't go for the usual/common happy ending and I love it for it.
Quite frankly I don't understand what problem many people have about it.
Most of all, I want to point out that Reed is NOT Nicholas' descendant. (If you re-read the book, you'll see his descendant are in England, and are still Staffords, while Reed --whose last name is Stanford not Stafford-- in from Colorado, America.)
He is Nicholas' reincarnation; his soul remains the one of the man Dougless loves. That's also why I'm not sad that Nicholas never married, because he couldn't have been happy with someone else.
And as far as I'm concerned, it only gives confirmation that they are indeed soulmates and that they will be reunited yet again once they die in this lifetime. ...more